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Camelford, when competing with the likes of Cornwall surfing hotspots Bude and Newquay, may not be one of the biggest names in the Cornwall holiday firmament. But to overlook is to miss a great deal! Camelford is a picture postcard small market town perfectly placed in the centre of a network of woodland trails and ideally close to both the North Cornwall coast and Bodmin! It's only about 6 miles from the coast.

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If your looking then for easy access to the beach, plus superb walking and Bodmin Moor just on your doorstep, then Camelford is the perfect spot. Amenities are excellent here too, with a choice of shops, excellent restaurants and pubs, a local leisure centre and a real community feel. There's plenty going on within and around Camelford, including superb walking direct into the moors from the town, nearby spectacular Rough Tor and indeed Cornwall's highest point at Brown Willy in Bodmin. Crowdy Reservoir near Camelford also offers excellent trout fishing.

Camelford has it's fair share of Arthurian legend links, with some believing that the Camel in Camelford hints at this pretty little market town once being Camelot itself. Slaughter Bridge, just outside of Camelford, is sited as the spot of a horrendous battle where a warrior king was killed. All rather infectious this Arthurian Legend stuff! The name though has Celtic links, as Camelford was originally Camalanford from Cam meaning crooked and Alan meaning beautiful, with ford linked to the River Cam (crooked stream) being forded! The symbol of the Camel can be seen atop of the town hall, but the name has little to do with any links to camels!

The River Cam cuts through the town and Camelford has a significant history as a key medieval trading point, and a river crossing point for traders/travellers on their way from Launceston. Hardly surprising that superb walking and valleys surround Camelford, which sits 700 foot above sea level, making it one of the highest towns in England. Numerous buildings of interest can be viewed in the town, including opposite the car park the long building used as a jail for French prisoners during the Napoleonic Wars. Others include the 17th century Bridge House and the Masons Arms opposite dating from the 16th century and once an old coaching inn.

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Click on Tourism for information on the area, Attractions for what to do and where to go, Food and Drink on what to eat when you get there, Leisure... well relax and think about that one and the Town Centre to shop till you drop!

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